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What Was Your Worst Day on the Job?

By Jenny Davis

Have you ever had a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day? Uttered the words “one day I’ll laugh about this”? Wanted to crawl into a hole?

I had one…

Back in 2001, when I was about six months into my events and communications internship at Microsoft, I was tasked with sending confirmations out for the upcoming 100% Club event.

Since I had a good number of Partners and Microsoft team members on my list I decided to do a mail merge with the data. I’d done them before and love how easily they get the job done.

Something wonky happened with that mail merge and the first name on my list got “stuck” on each message that went out. All the rest of the information in the message was correct and personalized for the recipient, except the name at the top of the page.

I was mortified when I found out what happened and wanted to die when I saw the name that went out to over 100 people, including the senior leadership team at Microsoft.

“Dear Tiit Parts”

I immediately started getting replies like “What kind of parts?” and “Um…I don’t think this is right.”

I can laugh about it now.

Then? Not so much.

What’s your story?

And Now a Word from our (Newsletter) Sponsor

By Jenny Davis

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Ah, Shucks

By Jenny Davis

The cool folks at Nodus asked how they could get their mugs in the video spot on our Web site.

I told them to say something nice and they’d get a spot.

They said something nice, now I’m giving them a spot…

Thanks Nodus!

P.S. – If you want to see your face or logo or what-have-you on our Web site, just send your video to Jenny (at) thepartnerchannel (dot) com
P.P.S. – I’m avoiding the spam bots by breaking up my e-mail address. There’s your tip for the day!

Fargo in the Fall

By Jenny Davis

I may be a little bit biased, but the best time to come to Fargo is in the fall. Great weather, no mosquitoes, low chance of flooding and snow…all around a good time.

We plan The Partner Event during the early fall time frame as kind of a “back to school” event for Partners. It’s a great time to reconnect with other Partners, learn some new techniques for your business, and bring back some tips on a variety of subjects.

We also want to make the most of your time while you’re here, and have tagged up with Microsoft’s Partner Advantage team to host our events back to back. Come up for The Partner Event September 20-22 and then head right over to Microsoft for the Partner Advantage team’s event September 22-23. A number of other Fargo-based training events are scheduled for that time frame, including:

Sept 14-18 – Microsoft Dynamics GP Financials
Sept 22-25 – Microsoft Dynamics GP Distribution
September 23 – Demo2Win
September 24 – Discovery2Win
Sept 28-30 – Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 Enterprise Portal Development
Sept 30- Oct 2 – Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Advanced Configuration and Troubleshooting

Lots of good stuff – don’t you think? Check out www.thepartnerevent.com and make plans to spend some time in Fargo in the fall.

Congratulations to the 2009 President’s Club and Inner Circle Members!

By Jenny Davis

It’s recognition time!

Congratulations to the Partners who achieved 2009 President’s Club and Inner Circle for Microsoft Dynamics. You can view a full list of this year’s members and read more about the programs on PartnerSource 

(Here’s the full URL for your reference https://mbs.microsoft.com/partnersource/newsevents/news/MSD_InnerCirclePresClub09.htm.)

Get Your Inexpensive Plane Ticket to The Partner Event

By Brianne Carlsrud

Are you making plans to attend The Partner Event on September 20-22? Get rock-bottom fares from just $68+ roundtrip from Expedia! The sale ends today, Tuesday, July 14. Visit www.expedia.com to book your flight and save money on your trip to Fargo, ND!

And Now a Word From Our (Newsletter) Sponsor

By Jenny Davis

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Multi-taskers Unite

By Jenny Davis

Wow – you guys are busy!

Our last poll inquired as to how many e-mail accounts you manage. Looks like 3 is the champ! My guess is that’s a personal account and a few work accounts.

E-mail Survey 

Hope the e-mail front is manageable for you. And on to the next poll…which search engine is your go-to?

The Partner Event Content

By Brianne Carlsrud

We are proud to announce that the session content for The Partner Event is now live! Click here to view all the Sales, Marketing, and Leadership tracks that we have in store for you for this year’s event.

Thank you to the many Partners who participated in the first ever session ranking for The Partner Event 2009!

Time to Bake the Content

By Jenny Davis

It’s event content review time!

I’d like to extend the opportunity for you to review the content and provide feedback regarding the sessions of most interest to you, comments to make the sessions better, and, if applicable, topic ideas you feel are missing from this listing.

Contact Tracys@thepartnerchannel.com if you’re interested in participating in the first ever session ranking for The Partner Event!

Your feedback will directly impact the content at The Partner Event 2009 and we look forward to hosting you in Fargo, September 20-22.

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